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Kaan Erkorkmaz


Contact InformationKaan Erkorkmaz

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35214
Location: EC4 1013


Biography Summary

Kaan Erkorkmaz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and also a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Professor Erkorkmaz’s research interests are in the areas of precision manufacturing, machining, and dynamics; controls, and optimal trajectory planning for machine tools; with the objective of increasing the productivity, part quality, and resource efficiency in manufacturing operations.

Research Interests

  • Precision Engineering
  • Dynamics
  • Controls
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Automotive
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Controls And Precision Tooling
  • Digital Factories
  • Digital Design And Fabrication Technologies
  • Embedded Systems
  • Sensors And Devices
  • Machining Automation


  • 2004, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering Thesis Topic:Optimal Trajectory Generation and Precision Tracking Control for Multi-Axis Machines Specialization: Automatic Control (major), Machining, Mechanical Vibrations, Instrumentation, Design, Sensors and Actuators, Re, University of British Columbia, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1999, Master's, Mechanical Engineering Thesis Topic:High Speed Contouring Control for Machine Tool Drives Research Advisor:Prof. Yusuf Altintas, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • 1996, Master's, Systems and Control Engineering,Course requirements completed, masters degree continued at UBC, Bogazici University, Institute of Science and Engineering
  • 1995, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University


  • MTE 360 - Automatic Control Systems
  • ME 780 - Special Topics in Mechatronics
  • ME 548 - Numerical Control of Machine Tools 1
  • ME 599 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Efficient Fitting of the Feed Correction Polynomial for Real-Time Spline Interpolation, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 137(4), 2015
  • Okyay, Ahmet and Khamesee, Mir Behrad and Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Design and Optimization of a Voice Coil Actuator for Precision Motion Applications, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 51(6), 2015, 1 - 10
  • Munoa, Jokin and Beudaert, Xavier and Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Iglesias, Alex and Barrios, Asier and Zatarain, Mikel, Active suppression of structural chatter vibrations using machine drives and accelerometers, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 64(1), 2015, 385 - 388
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Control of Machining Processes, Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, 2015, 173 - 179
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Servo System, CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering, 2014, 1112 - 1115
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Alzaydi, Ammar and Elfizy, Amr and Engin, Serafettin, Time-optimized hole sequence planning for 5-axis on-the-fly laser drilling, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 63(1), 2014, 377 - 380
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Hosseinkhani, Yasin, Control of ball screw drives based on disturbance response optimization, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 62(1), 2013, 387 - 390
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Layegh, S Ehsan and Lazoglu, Ismail and Erdim, Huseyin, Feedrate optimization for freeform milling considering constraints from the feed drive system and process mechanics, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 62(1), 2013, 395 - 398
  • Vasilopoulos, Theodoros and Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Ismail, Fathy and Pilliar, Robert M, Modeling, Simulation, and optimization of machining polymer infiltrated calcium polyphosphate, International Journal of Automation Technology, 2, 2013
  • Gordon, Dan J and Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Accurate control of ball screw drives using pole-placement vibration damping and a novel trajectory prefilter, Precision Engineering, 37(2), 2013, 308 - 322
  • Beudaert, Xavier and Barrios, Asier and Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Munoa, Jokin, Limiting factors for the active suppression of structural chatter vibrations using machine’s drives, XIIth International Conference on High Speed Machining (HSM2015), January 2015